What is Federer's most significant Grand Slam win that we forgot about?

McEnroeisanartist

Hall of Fame
What is Federer's most significant Grand Slam win that we forgot about?

Some contenders:

2005 French Open - crushed previous champion Moya in the 4th Round 61 64 63
2010 US Open - crushed his consecutive Grand Slam SF streak snapper Soderling 64 64 75 in QF
2011 US Open - got revenge for his Wimbledon defeat Tsonga 64 63 63 in QF
2012 Australian Open - crushed Del Potro in the QF - 64 63 62
2014 Australian Open - defeated previous year's finalist and #4 Murray in the QF
2015 US Open - crushed that year's French Open champion Wawrinka 64 63 61 in the SF
 

Lukhas

Legend
As a single win or as a winning run? If it's the latter, I'd vote for 2008 US Open considering the stinker of a year he was having relative to his previous seasons. Got beaten black and blue by Nadal at Roland, lost at Wimbledon while playing shaky tennis for about two sets, lost the #1 ranking in the following summer notably by losing at Toronto to Simon in the 2nd round and to Dr. Ivo in the 3rd round of Cincinnati, and he had very much to work his way into form at Flushing before eventually finishing strong. Probably the first time where some commenters were starting to wonder if his best wasn't starting to get past him.
 
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Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
As a single win or as a winning run? If it's the latter, I'd vote for 2008 US Open considering the stinker of a year he was having relative to his previous seasons. Got beaten black and blue at Nadal at Roland, lost at Wimbledon while playing shaky tennis for about two sets, lost the #1 ranking in the following summer notably by losing at Toronto to Simon in the 2nd round and to Dr. Ivo in the 3rd round of Cincinnati, and he had very much to work his way into form at Flushing before eventually finishing strong. Probably the first time where some commenters were starting to wonder if his best wasn't starting to get past him.
That was my immediate thought as well.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
What is Federer's most significant Grand Slam win that we forgot about?

Some contenders:

2005 French Open - crushed previous champion Moya in the 4th Round 61 64 63
2010 US Open - crushed his consecutive Grand Slam SF streak snapper Soderling 64 64 75 in QF
2011 US Open - got revenge for his Wimbledon defeat Tsonga 64 63 63 in QF
2012 Australian Open - crushed Del Potro in the QF - 64 63 62
2014 Australian Open - defeated previous year's finalist and #4 Murray in the QF
2015 US Open - crushed that year's French Open champion Wawrinka 64 63 61 in the SF
AO14 vs Murray was a huge win at the time IIRC. That was the moment many of us realized Fed was here to stay, because it was starting to look like an irreversible decline before that.
 

GhostOfNKDM

Hall of Fame
What is Federer's most significant Grand Slam win that we forgot about?

Some contenders:

2005 French Open - crushed previous champion Moya in the 4th Round 61 64 63
2010 US Open - crushed his consecutive Grand Slam SF streak snapper Soderling 64 64 75 in QF
2011 US Open - got revenge for his Wimbledon defeat Tsonga 64 63 63 in QF
2012 Australian Open - crushed Del Potro in the QF - 64 63 62
2014 Australian Open - defeated previous year's finalist and #4 Murray in the QF
2015 US Open - crushed that year's French Open champion Wawrinka 64 63 61 in the SF
Unfortunately by Big 3 standards, great wins at the slams without ending up with the trophy tend to get discounted.

For me his wins over Hewitt and Nalbandian in '03, '04 were the most significant.

Reversing a lopsided H2H is never easy - see Roddick or any number of others that got rolled by Fed.
 
AO14 vs Murray was a huge win at the time IIRC. That was the moment many of us realized Fed was here to stay, because it was starting to look like an irreversible decline before that.
Signs of life had appeared already in late 2013 season, when Fedr beat Delpo twice (his first top 10 win since AO) and took a set off J. Kovic twice, but sure, that was a reassuring showing.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Unfortunately by Big 3 standards great wins at the slams without ending up with the trophy tend to get discounted.

For me his wins over Hewitt and Nalbandian in '03, '04 were the most significant.

Reversing a lopsided H2H is never easy - see Roddick or any number of others that got rolled by Fed.
Fed-Hewitt has to be the most radical H2H reversal in history. Went from getting dominated to absolutely crushing Hewitt time and time again.
 

GhostOfNKDM

Hall of Fame
Fed-Hewitt has to be the most radical H2H reversal in history. Went from getting dominated to absolutely crushing Hewitt time and time again.
I've heard it mentioned by coaches that offensive, all-court players tend to take some time getting their bearings right on tour.

Not sure how true it is and pretty sure there are exceptions, but in Fed's case I think it had more to do with becoming comfortable at the baseline - playing patient defense and then picking the right moments to be offensive.

Once he did that, Hewitt's retriever style lost its sting.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
I've heard it mentioned by coaches that offensive, all-court players tend to take some time getting their bearings right on tour.

Not sure how true it is and pretty sure there are exceptions, but in Fed's case I think it had more to do with becoming comfortable at the baseline - playing patient defense and then picking the right moments to be offensive.

Once he did that, Hewitt's retriever style lost its sting.
Sounds about right. Hewitt knew how to destroy serve-and-volleyers. But once he started getting overpowered at the baseline, it was over. Ironically he might've helped cause his own downfall by influencing more players to ditch S&V
 

Rosstour

Legend
Fed-Hewitt has to be the most radical H2H reversal in history. Went from getting dominated to absolutely crushing Hewitt time and time again.
Radical? Maybe.

Significant? That goes to Fed's 2015+ record vs Rafa. Something like 6-1 vs the guy that he supposedly cannot beat.

Anyway, OP means match wins; title suggests Slam runs.

So I nominate either US08 or AO10. The bookends to Fed's finest run. He picked himself up off the floor after the Wimbledon loss, and went on to win 4 of the next 6 Slams, which was in itself a CGS. What's even crazier is he could have actually won six in a row. He was close. Neither Nadal nor DelPo blew him out in 2009.

I think only Budge, Martina, Serena and Djokovic have done the CGS faster. '84-85 Martina, '02-03 Serena and '15-16 Djok both won 4 in a row, I think Budge won 6 in a row?

So Fed is right behind them, at 4 out of 6. When he was 27 and already being visibly surpassed by one if not two future GOATS.

Rafa is behind Fed (and perhaps others) at 4 out of 8 from AO'09 to US'10.
 

BauerAlmeida

Professional
Vs Agassi AO 2005. He had a very tough match against him at the USO 2004 only a few months before and here he absolutely destroyed him, people were wondering if he would maintain his 2004 level and he showed he was raising it even more. Ironically, he didn't end up winning that slam. But that performance was something else.

Vs Wawrinka AO 2017. Overshadowed by the final, but he beat a peaking Wawrinka who had just won the USO and would make the RG final losing to Nadal (basically like winning the event, as that's the best you can do at RG). I was rooting for Stan to win the event but was nice seeing Fedal back in action.
 

GhostOfNKDM

Hall of Fame
Radical? Maybe.

Significant? That goes to Fed's 2015+ record vs Rafa. Something like 6-1 vs the guy that he supposedly cannot beat.

Anyway, OP means match wins; title suggests Slam runs.

So I nominate either US08 or AO10. The bookends to Fed's finest run. He picked himself up off the floor after the Wimbledon loss, and went on to win 4 of the next 6 Slams, which was in itself a CGS. What's even crazier is he could have actually won six in a row. He was close. Neither Nadal nor DelPo blew him out in 2009.

I think only Budge, Martina, Serena and Djokovic have done the CGS faster. '84-85 Martina, '02-03 Serena and '15-16 Djok both won 4 in a row, I think Budge won 6 in a row?

So Fed is right behind them, at 4 out of 6. When he was 27 and already being visibly surpassed by one if not two future GOATS.

Rafa is behind Fed (and perhaps others) at 4 out of 8 from AO'09 to US'10.
Your knowledge of the sport is remarkable and your posts are always gold. Cheers my friend!
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
2005 French Open - crushed previous champion Moya in the 4th Round 61 64 63
More Fed-turd polishing from the OP. "Previous champion" was 7 years removed from his 1998 FO win in 2005, and won only two tournaments of any level in the following four closing years of his career. He was long removed from his prime.
 
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